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Jan 28, 2020 - 2:19:48 AM
6 posts since 12/14/2019

Fretless banjo I have posted about and I need tuning pegs. I am open to size and taper recommendations. I have Dogwood that I am going to use. Air dried ten years out side and ten years inside.




 

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:42:08 AM

10764 posts since 4/23/2004

Standard violin taper. You need two reamers: one is simply cut off short to do the 5th.

A peg shaver, set to match, of course.

Jan 28, 2020 - 6:07:27 AM
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rudy

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14980 posts since 3/27/2004

Ditto Marc's recommendations.

You may need to use oversize violin pegs if the holes are already too large to allow proper fitting of standard violin pegs.  You may be able to find your pegs locally, or you can order through someone like Ken at International Violin Supply.

Tools are fairly pricey, so shop around.  You can pick up a usable reamer off Ebay for around $10, sometimes a bit more.  (It does hurt to cut the second one off if you pay market price for a reamer!)

Reamers are HARD and the best wy to cut them is to use the small cutoff wheels designed for metal in a Dremel.

I have posted instructions in the past on how to make a peg shaver from a hardwood block using your newly purchased reamer.  A search should turn up with my instructions, or someone else who has home-brewed a peg shaver.

Here's my simple peg shaver, made by using a block of hardwood, reamer, and plane blade.???

Edited by - rudy on 01/28/2020 06:11:19

Jan 28, 2020 - 7:36:31 AM

295 posts since 5/29/2015

A properly fitted peg when rotated repeatedly in the peg hole will come out with a polished band that is complete 360 degrees where the peg and the headstock touch. Hill peg dope is an excellent addition to the installation strategy, although there are other lubricants that are used such as lava soap.

Jan 29, 2020 - 9:15:25 AM

10603 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Banner Blue

A properly fitted peg when rotated repeatedly in the peg hole will come out with a polished band that is complete 360 degrees where the peg and the headstock touch. Hill peg dope is an excellent addition to the installation strategy, although there are other lubricants that are used such as lava soap.


Do Not use Lava soap! It has ground pumice that will wear out the peg and waller the hole sooner than anything else. Get a peg compound crayon and apply like the stripe on Charlie Brown's shirt. The Hill is good as any:

Hill Peg Compound

 

Fitting pegs is a bread and butter job for every fiddle shop. If building only one banjo, having it done will cost less than a good set of tools—and they will have the right sized pegs on hand. If planning three banjos or you have the need to do it yourself (which I quite understand), get the tools. 

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